Between Shadow and the Soul: Marc Aran Reyes’ Ethereal Paintings
Born in 1990, Marc Aran Reyes graduated under the Fine Arts program of Far Eastern University and was a two-time-finalist at The Metrobank Art & Design Excellence Awards. A successful exhibition at the booth of Taiwanese Art Gallery, Nunu Gallery at the 2015 edition of Art Fair Philippines, cemented his stature in the contemporary art scene. The following year, In 2016, He won the Philippine Art Awards. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Manila and Internationally in Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
In a few weeks, Marc Aran Reyes, together with Art Underground Manila, will release his long-awaited book, entitled “Between Shadow and the Soul,” which will feature all his exhibitions of meticulously painted works that emanate quietness and tranquility. The highlight of the 178-paged book is Mr. Scarecrow, a stunning piece from his Art Central Hong Kong 2019 exhibit. His 2021 masterpiece entitled “Serene” will be part of Leon Gallery’s Magnificent September Auctions.
Reyes’ hyperrealistic oil paintings show a world where realism dances with emotions and calmness. They continue to offer a paramount use of a modern palette consisting of copious white, grey, and black shades but show an inclination to classical techniques such as layering and chiaroscuro. His visuals have negative spaces that somehow represent silent, slow, tranquil emotions that propound both pictorial depth and motion through time. The outcome in Marc Aran Reyes’ oil paintings is aesthetically meditative.
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